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What are NET tournaments?
A NET tournament has two meanings: Novice Entry Tournament, and Non-Elimination Tournament. These are half day events for age groups of 11 years to 18 years.
Junior NET events will offer a beginner's level junior play to those who enter. The goal of NET events is to make playing tennis a fun and enjoyable experience for players in all levels of the game. A player just starting out will play someone equal to their ability. Players with more experience but less tournament play will be paired when possible with others of similar ability using the USTA NTRP (National Tennis Rating program).
An effort is made to group everyone in with others of similar tennis playing ability. Flights were grouped either by gender and age or grouping with NTRP ratings if players have them, so there could be some Co-Ed matches and tennis matches with mixed age groups. ADVERTISEMENT Each player will be scheduled to have multiple matches, usually round robins, playing 2 or 3 matches and using the short set format.
To accommodate the difference in skill level, any event involving 11 to 12 years of age players will use green balls. Older age groups will use yellow balls.
USTA Memberships are not required for any standalone entry level NET events and when players register, they may do so as guests and receive a guest number to register with. Events with mixed levels such as intermediate and entry level in the same tournament do now allow guests to participate.